CourseChild and Family Law Clinic - Law 696C
Instructor Paul D. Bennett   View Faculty Page
Emailbennett@law.arizona.edu
Units 4 - Graded
Prerequisites:

Students need to be certified under Arizona Supreme Court rule 38(d).  Requirements include three semesters of law school, Evidence, and Legal Profession.  NOTE: Legal Profession can be taken concurrently with the clinic.

 
Recommended Courses:

Trial Advocacy, Family Law, Criminal Law/Procedure, Immigration, Interviewing, Pre-trial Litigation, and Persuasive Communication.

 
Overview

The Child and Family Law Clinic is a working law office in which law students are the lawyers.   Under the supervision of Clinic faculty, students perform all aspects of representation for our clients.   Students will gain hands on experience litigating family law cases and representing both children and adult clients in the Pima County Juvenile and Family Courts as well as the Pima County Superior Court, Domestic Violence Court and the Tucson City Court.

 

The Child and Family Clinic has five main goals:  

 

(1) Enhancing Lawyering Skills.    Through practical experience in the field and in classroom simulations, we want you to develop your lawyering skills and learn a little about the law.

(2) Learning how to learn from experience.  In addition to cultivating lawyering skills, we want you to begin to master the lifelong skill of learning from experienceCnot only about the law, but also about yourselves.    

(3) Developing good lawyer judgment.    In the process of (1) and (2) and drawing on what you have learned in all your other classes, we hope that your sense of lawyer judgment will develop and mature.   By Alawyer judgment@ we mean making the kinds of decisionsCboth practical and ethicalCthat lawyers are called upon to make regardless of their practice area.    

(4) Working in a multi-disciplinary setting with social work interns and Spanish language translators.

(5) Delivering high quality legal services.  Finally, we expect the Child and Family Clinic to provide the highest quality legal services to our clients.  Our clients deserve nothing less.

 
Materials

The Child and Family Law Clinic Manual and workbook available in digital form at no cost.

 
Course Format

We meet once a week for two hours.  Students will also have office hours, interviews, field work and court appearances as scheduled.  Students should expect meetings with clients and potential clients outside of normal class time.

 
Written Assignments

Pleadings, motions, discovery, attorney work product memorandum, professional correspondence.  Students will be asked to keep a bi-weekly journal and to perform a self-evaluation at the end of the semester.

 
Type of Exam

No exam.

 
Basis for grading

Students will be graded on a variety of specific criteria related to their initiative and performance in representing their clients as well as in classroom performance.

 
Additional Comments

Students need to be available for client interviews that are schedule on Tuesday evenings or Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

This course satisfies the Professional Skills curricular requirement.

 
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